$500 + $60 Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)
The Pros beat the Joes at a final table that featured an even mix of professionals and amateurs. In the end it's Ari Engel who defeated Kevin Saul heads up on the pro side of the figurative bracket.
On the final hand Engel hit a 9 on the river with 9♥ 7♠ to overcome pocket 6s and win this event of the Borgata Spring Poker Open
The soft spoken Engel complimented all the players at the final table, thanked his parents and tweeted, "beat a very tough @BeL0WaB0Ve hu, (heads up)." Engel takes home $26,048 and his first Borgata trophy for the win.
"We both played pretty standard, minus the last hand," said Saul, who earned $14,324 as runner-up. "He's an aggressive player and knows I wouldn't be putting it in light."
While the two finalists have more than $5 million in combined tournament earnings, both live and online, the other half of the final four were two amateurs happy to simply share the stage.
"I had a lot of fun playing with these guys," said 4th place finisher Jordan Shamah (Delray Beach, FL), "They're really good, I learned a lot from playing with them."
Shamah busted ahead of Ron Sabol (Canal Fulton, OH) who finished third in just his third casino tournament. "I wasn't intimidated by these guys," said Sabol, "they were aggressive and I know they didn't have it. But I couldn't get anything,
not even a pair."
Other full time professionals at the final table included Manh Nguyen (7th) and Kevin McColgan (10th), while Alex Smith (5th) and Jose Cayetano De La (9th) are making names for themselves.
Smith (Event 8) and Cayetano De La (Event 6) each earned ~$20,000 for their previous final table appearances in the series. The other amateurs at the table were "Monro" Secor (6th) and Chad Rosow (8th).
The tournament began with 179 entries putting up nearly $90,000 in total buy-ins; the final 18 returned for Friday's Day 2 all in the money. Those not making the cut included Dwyte Pilgrim, Ralph Massey, Jamie Kerstetter and Travell Thomas.
Once the quality field was whittled down to two pros and two Joes it proves that anyone with the $560 entry fee can go deep in Borgata tournaments.
Final Table Results
1st Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV) $26,048
2nd Kevin Saul (Warrenville, IL) $14,324
3rd Ron Sabol (Canal Fulton, OH) $8,247
4th Jordan Shamah (Delray Beach, FL) $6,945
5th Alex Smith (Highland Park, NJ) $5,209
6th Bruce "Monro" Secor (Brooklyn, NY) $4,341
7th Manh Nguyen (Munhall, PA) $3,473
8th Chad Rosow (New York, NY) $2,604
9th Jose Cayetano De La (Woodbridge, VA) $1,953
10th Kevin McColgan (Douglassville, PA) $1,736